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What Jamie Conlan and Paddy Barnes had to say about Frampton undercard title fights

By Gareth Hanna

Belfast super flyweight Jamie Conlan will fight for the IBF World title while Paddy Barnes will defend his WBO European flyweight crown on Carl Frampton's homecoming night.

The three Belfast boxers will all take to the ring in big bouts, with Barnes and Frampton's opponents yet to be announced.

The 30 year-old Conlan will come up against Jerwin Ancajas, who has won 27 of his 29 professional bouts, losing only once. The fight will be part of the undercard of Carl Frampton's homecoming bout and will be broadcast live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Conlan will take on title holder Jerwin Ancajas, who has held the IBF title since September 2016, when he beat McJoe Arroyo. He has since defended his title twice, beating Jose Alfredo Rodriguez and Teiru Kinoshita - the latter on the Pacquiao-Horn card.

Zolani Tete will also bid to protect his WBO world bantamweight title on the Frampton undercard.

Jamie Conlan

"I always loved fighting on Carl's undercards. The atmosphere is hard to decribe and it has got bigger and bigger. To be involved with a meaningful fight, it's going to be an emotion I'm going to have to control on fight night. It's something I'm looking forward to.

"I didn't get overly excited when I found out this was happening because I've been let down in the past but now that I'm sitting at the table, I've never been as excited. It's a big stage, it's a big atmosphere. It's a bigger audience than I've ever fought in front of. "

And when asked about his brother Michael, he said: "He's coming on Saturday for the start of camp and he'll be back home for the fight as well. Our brother is getting married, so it's all working out."

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Jamie Conlan will try to become a world champion at the SSE Arena. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

Paddy Barnes

"It's great. The way Carl fills out the Odyssey is a brilliant spectacle and I'm honoured to be able to fight on a double world title card that Carl's on too."

And on how he has adjusted to life as a professional boxer, he said: "It was stranger than I expected. I still feel that I need to slow down and I'm working on that in the gym In my last fight, I didn't perform the way I can because I was more focused on doing the rounds. Now I know what it's about and I'm looking forward to showing my real skill."

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Paddy Barnes is preparing to defend his title. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Carl Frampton

"It's great. Jamie Conlan has been involved in three or four of the most exciting fights I've ever seen. He's a tremendous fighter - all action style. He never makes a fight easy for himself. He would probably admit that himself. He goes to war every single time.

"And obviously Paddy is defending his WBO European (Flyweight) championship of the world. Everyone knows about Paddy. He's a great character and he'll have great fun in the build-up but he's not far from boxing for major titles. I know that one day he can be a world champion as well as Jamie."

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